Feb 17, 2015

Fukuoka petition pushes for 2019 Rugby World Cup games in city

The mayor of Fukuoka on Tuesday submitted a petition signed by about 100,000 people calling for the city to host games during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Acting in his capacity as the vice chairman of Fukuoka’s bid committee, Mayor Soichiro Takashima presented his ...

Man served fresh warrant over murder of Fukuoka fifth-grader

Feb 13, 2015

Man served fresh warrant over murder of Fukuoka fifth-grader

A man suspected of killing a Fukuoka schoolgirl was served a fresh arrest warrant Thursday after initially being held for allegedly abandoning the body of the 10-year-old. Toshiyuki Uchima, a 46-year-old construction worker, has allegedly admitted strangling fifth-grader Miwa Ishibashi and concealing her body ...

Fukuoka man admits strangling girl, hiding body in closet

Feb 2, 2015

Fukuoka man admits strangling girl, hiding body in closet

A man has been arrested in Buzen, Fukuoka Prefecture, after allegedly admitting to killing a 10-year-old girl, police said. Toshiyuki Uchima, a 46-year-old construction worker, reportedly told the police he strangled fifth-grade student Miwa Ishibashi and hid her corpse in his dwelling. The girl ...

City plans park for estate of Yoko Ono grandfather

Nov 17, 2014

City plans park for estate of Yoko Ono grandfather

Alarmed by an investment proposal by a developer, the city of Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, has decided to purchase and turn into a public park an estate of Eijiro Ono, grandfather of artist Yoko Ono and former president of the Industrial Bank of Japan, the ...

Nov 17, 2014

Two hurt as small plane slams into wall at Kitakyushu Airport

Two people were seriously injured Sunday evening when their single-engine private plane slammed into a concrete wall after it went off the runway while landing at Kitakyushu Airport. One of the injured was a 47-year-old public official from Kitakyushu. The other man, described as ...

Aug 22, 2014

Fukuoka floods kill police officer; 102,000 told to evacuate

Record rainfall in Fukuoka Prefecture on Friday triggered an evacuation advisory for about 102,000 residents of Chikushino to avoid mudslides and river flooding that killed a police officer. According to the city, heavy rains have inundated several roads and left other areas underwater. The ...

Aug 22, 2014

Over 100,000 Fukuoka residents urged to evacuate amid flood threat

An evacuation advisory was issued to more than 100,000 residents of Chikushino in the central part of Fukuoka Prefecture Friday morning, amid heavy rain and a high danger of rivers overflowing, NHK reported Friday. According to the Meteorological Agency, rainfall of about 110 mm ...